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Post Reports is the daily podcast from The Washington Post. Unparalleled reporting. Expert insight. Clear analysis. Everything you’ve come to expect from the newsroom of The Post. For your ears. Martine Powers is your host, asking the questions you didn’t know you wanted answered. Published weekdays by 5 p.m. Eastern time.
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Jeff Stein on what an IRS draft memo means for the fight over President Trump’s taxes. Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham on the Trump administration’s response to the fentanyl crisis. And Carol Leonnig on the meticulous lawyer subpoenaed by Congress.
Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Shawn Boburg discuss the man reshaping the federal judiciary. Laura Meckler examines the power of a high school’s controversial mock funeral. And Jennifer Hassan dissects a new form of British protest.
Joanna Slater on India’s election, the largest exercise of democracy ever. Christian Davenport on the business resurgence along Florida’s Space Coast. And a gift for Morehouse College 2019 graduates.
The bold new strategy in the fight against abortion rightsFor years, antiabortion advocates have tried to chip away at Roe v. Wade incrementally. They pushed legislatures to impose waiting periods and mandate hallway widths in clinics and generally make it more onerous for abortion clinics to operate and for women to access the procedure.Now, the pretense is being thrown out as states such as Georgia and Missouri impose much more restrictive bans. In Alabama, a law passed that outlawed the procedure almost entirely, without exceptions for rape or incest.Aaron Blake is a senior political reporter for The Fix. He explains the thinking behind their strategy — and how it could backfire.More on this topic:In Alabama, the GOP goes big on overturning Roe v. Wade. It could regret it.States racing to overturn Roe v. Wade look to a Supreme Court that prefers gradual changeGovernor signs Alabama abortion ban that has galvanized support on both sides, setting up a lengthy fightThe new Howard Stern says the old Howard Stern makes him ‘cringe’Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed “King of All Media,” was mostly known for mocking everyone and objectifying women on his TV and radio shows. But, he told The Post’s Geoff Edgers, that’s all behind him now.“I tried to watch some of my old Letterman [appearances],” Stern said during an interview at his SiriusXM radio studio. “I couldn’t get through two minutes of it. It’s just not me. I don’t know who that guy is.”In a new book, “Howard Stern Comes Again,” Stern hopes marks his evolution from an impatient and often nasty blabbermouth to a master conversationalist.More on this topic:Meet the new Howard Stern. He’d like to make amends for the old Howard Stern.The art world is out of touch A rabbit sculpture by Jeff Koons just sold for $91.1 million — a record breaking figure. When an artwork fetches that kind of price at auction, the first question everyone silently asks is: “Could it really be worth that?”“The first and best answer, obviously, is no,” says Post art critic Sebastian Smee. He sees the sale as evidence that the art world is increasingly untethered from reality.More on this topic:A bunny sculpture by Jeff Koons just sold for $91.1 million — another sign that the art world is untethered from reality
Is having so many candidates bad for Democrats?So many Democrats are running for president that some will not qualify for the first debate — even though it allows for 20 candidates.Michael Scherer covers campaigns for The Post. He says some Democratic leaders are worried the party will struggle to coalesce around one candidate in time to mount the strongest possible campaign against a president they urgently want to defeat.More on this topic:As presidential field swells to unheard-of size, Democrats may struggle to choose a nominee and messageHow university officials left their students in the dark about a viral outbreakIn late 2018, University of Maryland student Olivia Paregol was stricken with a mysterious illness. For more than two weeks, university officials remained silent about the reason — a viral outbreak.Amy Brittain and Jenn Abelson are investigative reporters for The Post. They explored the consequences of the university’s decision through the story of this 18-year-old student.More on this topic:Adenovirus at the University of Maryland: Officials waited 18 days to inform students of the threatTrash at the bottom of the oceanTrash is everywhere — even in places where no human has set foot before.More on this topic:He went where no human had gone before. Our trash had already beaten him there.
How Trump’s presidency is hurting the Trump brandTrump’s prized Doral golf resort in Miami is crucial to his overall finances, says David Fahrenthold, who covers the Trump Organization for The Post.But, according to company documents and exclusive video obtained by The Post, the Doral resort is in steep decline.“They are severely underperforming,” tax consultant Jessica Vachiratevanurak told a Miami-Dade County official in a bid to lower the property’s tax bill. The reason, she said: “There is some negative connotation that is associated with the brand.”“He’s entwined his business more than any modern president with his presidency,” Fahrenthold says. “And it’s not going well.”More on this topic:Trump’s prized Doral resort is in steep decline, according to company documents, showing his business problems are mountingTensions mounting with IranTension between the United States and Iran has been rising steadily. Tehran has indicated it may curtail its full cooperation with the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement, and the Trump administration spoke of “planned or contemplated attacks” by Iran against U.S. forces and friends in the Middle East.“Things have escalated very quickly in terms of our mind-set, our posture about Iran,” says national security reporter John Hudson, “but there’s a lot of confusion about exactly what the U.S. is responding to.Hudson explains the responses the White House is considering — including deploying troops — even as lawmakers from both parties complained that the White House has not fully briefed them on the escalating tensions.More on this topic:Trump administration considers responses to potential Iranian attacks, including troop increaseIranian threats led to White House’s deployment announcement, U.S. officials sayPompeo crashes Brussels meeting of E.U. diplomats but changes few minds on IranPoliticians who run for office and run marathonsAll successful politicians are competitive — that’s how they got elected, right? But some find that relentless drive not just on the campaign trail but also in the weight room, in a road race or on the basketball court.Graphics reporter Bonnie Berkowitz lists the most impressive athletic feats by lawmakers.More on this topic:They never stop running: For some lawmakers, over-the-top competition isn’t limited to elections. Our panel rated the athletic feats of 20 politicians.
Nick Miroff on what was happening behind the scenes before the purge at DHS. Julie Zauzmer on the conservative effort to get Bible classes in public schools. Plus, Ellen McCarthy on the could-be first gentleman.
Deanna Paul explains the state laws aimed at getting the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe. Political reporter Holly Bailey on the millionaire running on a universal basic income platform. And, the impact of climate change on surfing, with Rick Maese.
Juliet Eilperin on the battle over coal mining in West Virginia. Sarah Kaplan on how scientists plan for a catastrophic asteroid strike. Plus, Caitlin Gibson on the weird psychology behind the baby-on-board sticker.
Terrence McCoy on tiger farms in Laos. Chelsea Janes on the electability of 2020 candidates. Plus, Adrian Higgins on the man keeping orchids alive.
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Nicole Everwine

as an adult who suffered from unspeakable acts as a child, my feeling is that if for nothing else, this mock funeral and having the kids write down what they wanted to bury, shows them someone cares, someone's listening ..and that's a start..great show

May 21st
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Accordionbabe

Any relation to former Senator Capehart?

Apr 5th
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Mike Workman

So Donald Trump can grab someone by the pussy and brag about it & Joe Biden can't hug someone/kiss them in a fatherly way but yet somehow this is equal in importance. This is snowflake journalism that gives us normals a bad name.

Apr 1st
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P J Smeed

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Mar 25th
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Nicole Everwine

so who would get this "settlement" money, if imposed on Facebook?

Feb 21st
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Lyn Belzer-Tonnessen

At what time do new episodes come out?

Feb 20th
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Wayne Clark

The piece on school lock-down drills was heartbreaking. The US is failing the next generation in so many ways, but I fear this may be doing terrible damage.

Feb 20th
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Lori Clark

Completely looks over Canadas roll in this. Even though since Canada has detained Meng Wanzhou for the United States in China two Canadians have been detained and a Canadians how was convicted for drug trafficking was resentenced for death, in apparent retaliation. Plus the diplomat has been fired over his comments about this. I question what other stories have information missing. Wanted this to be better.

Feb 12th
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Abreu Yanet

Lori Clark Wide

Mar 15th
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Christine Jaworski

I wrote my GRE analytical essay about "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith and Run DMC in 2003. This story really brought me back.

Feb 9th
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John Hester

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Jan 31st
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francisco navarro

what i got form the maga repor is that the media is not going to take its time to gather all the facts before reporting. so we have to get used to it that they will report with without all the facts too outrageous and get clicks

Jan 24th
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Bendetta Wagner

The money he wants to use for a wall would be better spent on all of the highways and bridges that are currently falling down in the USA.

Jan 11th
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Priscilla Smith

Trump started his term with a government shut down for almost two days.Now again why?

Dec 21st
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Priscilla Smith

The president has a go fund me page for the boarder wall. So I don't think everyone see he is selfish as all out doors. This wall will cost the world money forever. We have to maintain this wall this takes away from bettering our own country. We have disable government members. Disabled children who we could use health care insurance, We could provide better education for the USA. 😫

Dec 21st
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Grant TH

Great bit of heart-warming news at the end!

Dec 20th
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Nicole Everwine

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Dec 14th
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GarishGrayskull

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Dec 11th
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Stephanie Nanas

I found this very enlightening. It seems like there's a great deal of miscommunication. I think that all of the parties involved should be clued in so that any future decisions can be done smoothly and with the least amount of casualties. Why can't all benefit? Why should any suffer?

Dec 6th
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Kamali Melbourne

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Dec 5th
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